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Old 03-14-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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First thing that comes to mind is Jack & Coke and the campfire, second is which jack does everyone use, scissor or bottle?
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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automotive floor jack is first choice, own 5, second choice is bottle jack, scissors is 3rd.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:08 PM   #3
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I wonder if they make a lightweight floor jack, will be looking.
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:22 PM   #4
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Each one has its place. Floor jack is tops, but i ain't hauling it around.

A hydraulic bottle jack will have the most power for its size, but somewhat limited range. It can be hard to get a bottle jack under a trailer axle (or hub in the case of a torsion axle).

Scissor jack wins for takealong duty. Lightweight, great range, doesn't leak oil... Dirt simple. Not what you'd want to use at home in the shop, just the best compromise IF you need a jack in the field.

There's only one better answer:
Your tow vehicle's jack. If it will serve to lift your camper, why tote more. My 4runner has a manual screw jack similar to what was used in GM light trucks for decades. I made sure it would work on the Trillium and then crossed jack off my list. (Lug wrench matches too! ;-)
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Old 03-14-2014, 07:26 PM   #5
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I wonder if they make a lightweight floor jack, will be looking.

Yes, there are aluminum floor jacks. Ever see them Nascar crews one-hand 'em over the wall?

One problem.

Good ones ain't cheap, and cheap ones ain't good.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:02 PM   #6
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I think mine has the pin on top I will have to look, if it does I can use a small block of soft wood which will indent the wood and should work. I'll give it a try in the morning.
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Old 03-14-2014, 08:43 PM   #7
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Bal stabilizers...
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I like the cheap aluminum "racing jack" (floor jack) from Pep Boys or Harbor Freight at home but I carry a screw jack from a Toyota Hilux totaled long ago. I don't care for the problem of finding space to pump a hydraulic bottle jack placed on the frame well inboard of the sides of a trailer. I don't trust life and limb to any jack.

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Rear Stabilizer & tongue jack only. When on the road and have to change a tire use the tugs jack.
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Is this thread about what jack you use at home, or what you would use to change a tire on the road, or about stabilizers when set up in camp? Or all of the above??
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Bal crank down at the back, like Floyd's photo.
Also a scissor jack under the door.

...and no coke for me, no sir.
I want my Jack to be a Gentleman
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Old 03-14-2014, 09:31 PM   #12
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Its about a jack to change a tire. And hold the Coke for Pam.
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...and no coke for me, no sir.
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I use a bottle jack at home. I find it easier to move into an "exact" position than when using a floor jack. On the road I use the tow vehicle's scissor jack. And even though I have retrofitted BAL stabilizers, I find them less than ideal to raise the wheel completely off the ground.
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